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    28 Things That'll Basically Make You Want To Live In Your Backyard

    Whether it's still super hot or finally cooling down, we've got you covered for creating the best and most entertaining backyard ever.

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    1. A wooden bistro set for enjoying meals outside now that 100 degree days aren't a regular occurrence. Its petite size makes it perfect for patios and balconies that are on the smaller size.

    a wooden table and two matching folding chairs

    Promising review: "Perfect size for my balcony! Chairs came pre-assembled, only had to attached table legs. Perfect color, matches the pictures." —Amanda

    Get it from Wayfair for $138.99+ (available in teak or acacia wood).

    2. A solar-powered lantern that looks as good on as it does off. The light charges via the sun throughout the day and will automatically turn on at night and work for up to eight hours.

    DestinysLab / Etsy

    DestinysLab is a woman-owned business in Portland, Oregon that specializes in handmade, solar-powered outdoor metal lanterns.

    Promising review: "Stunningly beautiful at night along the driveway and in our patio courtyard through the front gate in the planting area with just one on each side. All of the comments from neighbors have been very positive and it helps (if you live in a community that all the houses are similar) to spot our house for deliveries of food and such. Couldn't be happier!" —paulajames224

    Get it from DestinysLab on Etsy for $39.99.

    3. Interlocking Teak tiles to create a beautifully patterned outdoor area. No tools or glue are required, the tiles just snap together. Teak is also a preferred wood for all outdoor stuff because of its ability to survive through all types of weather. It is one of the few woods around that contains a natural oil which repels water.

    Promising review: "Living in Hawaii, you have to select wise items that are weather-, salt-, and red dirt–proof, etc... In total I ordered 11 boxes to complete my yoga deck. I have a few left over to make steps on the back. Very pleased and happy. May order more for an outdoor shower project!" —Adazzle

    Get 10 sq. ft from Amazon for $77.99.

    4. A triangular sail that'll block UV rays while providing you with necessary shade. Remember, just because it's getting cooler out doesn't mean the sun is less harmful!,

    The corners of the sails have D rings so you can attach them to whatever you'd like with your choice of hardware or rope.

    Promising review: "Purchased this to increase privacy and provide some shade. The color is vibrant, hasn't faded, and the loops are well stitched. The sail has also faired well in winds, thunderstorms, monsoon rain, and the brutal heat of Vegas. Shade is wonderful and one can definitely feel the temperature difference from full sun to being under this sail. The look and feel compliments our pool area and will certainly be purchasing an additional one." —VHC Media

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in six sizes and 13 colors/patterns).

    5. A metal wildlife ring fire pit for giving camp vibes but in your backyard. Light this baby up and you'll be roasting marshmallows and telling ghost stories in no time.

    a black metal ring fire pit with a forest and wildlife design cut into the sides
    FiveMetalDesign / Etsy

    FiveMetalDesign is a Neenah, Wisconsin-based Etsy shop creating metal ring fire pits featuring intricate (and often times custom) designs.

    Promising review: "This is EVERYTHING they said it would be. Always hard to tell if something will look as amazing as the picture. In this case it’s as great or better than the picture. Fast delivery great friendly service! I highly recommend this company. Best purchase yet on Etsy!" —pjmklm2004

    Get it from FiveMetalDesign on Etsy for $196+ (available in four sizes).

    6. A floating balcony table to change up your WFH routine. As the days start to get cooler — aka more bearable — you can take your work outside and enjoy some fresh air.

    Atelier Espace Caribou / Etsy

    Atelier Espace Caribou is a Montreal-based furniture shop specializing in modern pieces. Check them out for entryway benches, decorative bike racks, and monitor stands.

    Get it from Atelier Espace Caribou on Etsy for $102.02+ (available with or without the plant shelf and in two different colors).

    7. A massive inflatable screen that inflates in under two minutes. Fall starts September 1, so curl up with a blanket and a PSL and enjoy the start of your Halloween outdoor movie marathons.,

    What's included: Screen, inflation fan, rope, tent, and inflatable stakes.

    Promising review: "Maybe the best purchase we have EVER made. We use it with our RV for outdoor movie viewing. Packs up nicely. The 9-foot one is huge, maybe the bigger one would be too big. The screen is a smooth nylon, cannot see the wrinkles when playing a movie. This thing comes with ties to keep from swaying but truly the base is such a good design you don’t really need the ties. We love how the screen snaps on and off for storage. Inflated in about a minute or less. Super easy to use and a lot of fun. Recommend this to everyone!!!!!!" —Lobsterbisque

    Get it from Amazon for $126.99+ (available in two sizes).

    8. Speaking of blankets, an oversized blanket to keep warm during cool nights or to use for everything from impromptu picnics to outdoor yoga. Reviewers say it's "super soft" and "not scratchy at all."

    a striped red, blue, pink, and white blanket

    Promising review: "Purchased this blanket to keep in my car for the impromptu picnic or beach visit. I love the colors and that it has a handmade look to it. It’s lightweight and is softer than other blankets this style. All and all very happy with my purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in 10 styles).

    9. A tiny portable outdoor Bluetooth speaker that makes up for its size with its volume. Over 100,000 reviewers give it 5 stars, and often remark that the volume is "surprisingly loud." The speaker has 100 feet of Bluetooth range and can play up to 14 hours of tunes on one charge. It's splashproof and rainproof, too.

    Reviewer's speaker sits on the ground next to the edge of a pool

    Promising review: "Wow. When I opened the box and pulled it out I thought it was a bit small and surely wouldn't be that loud.... BOY WAS I WRONG!! This FREAKING ROCKS!!! Seriously don't hesitate BUY ONE! The reviews were spot on! Perfect pool side! Best money I've ever spent on Bluetooth speaker. The wife was skeptical and then I turned it on and she was like wow excellent purchase way to go!" —RIC78

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in eight colors).

    10. A 48-foot strand of waterproof and shatterproof string lights for perfectly illuminating your outdoor space. Daylight Savings is around the corner, and you've probably noticed it getting darker sooner. Make sure you don't find yourself in the dark with some mood lighting courtesy of these string lights.

    backyard patio with stringlights

    Promising review: "These LED string lights are easy to install, and make any outdoor area feel special. The wire and fixtures are well made. Remember to put up your lights without the bulbs, this makes accidental damage less likely. Once you are happy with the positioning then add the bulbs." —Jo Robinson

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

    11. An outdoor rug with southwest vibes. It's an eco-friendly, stain-resistant rug made from woven strands of recycled polyesters, plastics, and rubbers. It's also reversible!

    The red and blue rug is displayed outside next to some patio chairs
    Urban Outfitters

    Promising review: "I LOVE this rug! I actually use it as an indoor dining room rug and it’s sure proof! You can sweep it, vacuum it, Clorox wipe it, clean it anyway you want and it’s still beautiful and doesn’t fray!!! Hands down worth it!" —bohoboymom

    Get it from Urban Outfitters for $49+ (available in four colors and five sizes).

    12. An outdoor inflatable ottoman for kicking up your feet after a long day. Grab a mug of some hot apple cider and get to relaxing.,

    Just inflate the interior pouf and stick it inside the printed, water-resistant cover.

    Promising review: "Love these! Ordered two more. The fabric is very nice and sturdy especially for outdoors. The inflatable part appears to be good quality. How to: Place inflatable inside of cover before inflating it. Do not inflate to full capacity or it will look like an inflatable and will not rest in a nice flat position. Far nicer than I imagined. They look great flanking my outdoor rattan sectional." —Cali g

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99 (available in 12 styles).

    13. A gas fire pit table to keep warm while the nights start to cool off. It comes with a glass lid, so when the fire's not in use it can be used as a table.

    reviewer's fire pit lit up on their patio

    Promising review: "My favorite purchase for our deck. I LOVE this fire table. Good size, great value compared to what is out there. Packaged nicely. My husband put together alone in 30–45 mins with no frustration and easy to follow directions. Puts out a decent amount of heat. Enough rocks to adequately cover. Just add your propane tank. I love that it has a lid as well. You will find sturdier fire tables, but not at this price. Excellent value." —Bellium

    Get it from Amazon for $239.99.

    14. A geodesic dome that's probably the coolest thing ever. Is it a play structure? Of course! A trellis? Absolutely. A place for your chickens to hang out? Sure, why not!

    Sunrise Domes / Etsy

    Sunrise Domes is a small business based out of South Killingly, Connecticut, that specializes in geodesic domes. Reviewers also use these structures from this Etsy shop as sculptures or even to contain their yard turkeys!

    Get it from Sunrise Domes on Etsy for $1,050.

    15. A set of massive bubble wands to create truly huge bubbles. Each kit comes with everything you need: the wand and bubble concentrate, plus a booklet of tips on how to make the biggest bubbles ever., Amazon

    Promising review: "The wand is awesome, but even MORE awesome is that I just used regular bubble solution (way cheaper, found anywhere) and it worked just as well. Maybe better. Some people in reviews have said that you must use the packets that come with the wand, but I gave it a shot anyway with regular bubbles and it worked just fine, with no noticeable difference." —Lauri

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in five styles).

    16. A collapsible beer table for making sure you and your guests have brews and snacks whenever, wherever. It even has a built-in bottle opener!

    the wooden drink holder with two beers and a bowl of chips
    Faircraft / Etsy

    The stand — from Faircraft, a sustainable home goods shop based in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania — has room for two drinks and a snack in the center bowl. 

    Promising review: "I love this piece so much. It's perfect for people who love to spend time outside drinking cold ones." —Sarah Smiles

    Get it from Faircraft on Etsy for $58

    17. A hanging hammock chair with major boho vibes. It comes with everything you need to mount it to your porch ceiling, and reviewers say the whole process is easy peasy.

    Another reviewer lounges in the same chair on their porch

    Promising review: "This hammock has been the perfect solution for reading books with my kiddos, plus they love to just sit in it and play! Even though install instructions weren’t included it was surprisingly easy to install and definitely feels sturdy enough to hold me and my two babies. I would definitely consider buying another one for bedrooms and our outdoor patio. It easily detached from the hook so it can be taken down in a jiffy and stored away in the included storage bag." —Kaylie O.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99+ (available in three colors).

    18. A lounge chair you inflate just by whipping it in the wind. The patented design uses "anti-deflation technology" that promises to keep the lounge chair inflated for at least five to six hours, and comes with a stake for easy securing to the ground once inflated.

    reviewer laying in purple inflated chair

    Promising review: "I'm not a small person, and I wasn't sure how it would hold me, but this chair is wonderful. I have used it all over! I took it camping, I took it to the beach, and I even sometimes blow it up and use it in my living room while watching TV. The hardest part is getting out of it gracefully!" —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $37.98+ (available in 16 colors and patterns).

    19. A giant 4 Connect game to keep your family and friends — and frankly, you — entertained for hours.

    Models play with a giant 4 Connect game in their backyard

    Promising review: "This game has provided many hours of fun for family. The first day I received this, my son and husband played for four hours straight. It is a super competition and makes you think several moves ahead. Best money I have spent in a long time. The game is constructed well." —D McCormick

    Get it from Amazon for $67.99+ (available in two sizes).

    20. A solid copper drip- and bee-proof stake hummingbird feeder you can stick in any flower pot when a hanging one isn't an option. In no time at all your backyard will be a DIY aviary.

    CopperHummingbird / Etsy

    CopperHummingbird is an Etsy shop run by Nancy Higgins. In 2006, she invented a bee-proof, drip-free hummingbird feeder for use in the hummingbird aviary at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson, Arizona where she was a zookeeper for 22 years! After receiving so many non-zookeeper requests for her feeders she decided to open up a public-facing shop.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these hummingbird feeders. The cup is smaller — about 2–3 days worth of feedings. This is perfect to keep the food from going bad by being outside in the heat, which is necessary to keep hummingbirds safe. I have two of the hanging-style feeders I bought last year. They are still in perfect condition. My most recent purchase was the flower stake feeder and I am loving it also." —haleygymcoach

    Get it from CopperHummingbird on Etsy for $35.

    21. A mesh raised dog bed so your pampered pooch can have a designated spot for lounging. Because it's raised, it will either detract heat when it's hot out or stay warm when the weather's chilly.

    a review photo of a raised bed with a dog laying on top

    Promising review: "My dog loves this! He is 11 years old and I hate for his older bones to lay on the bricks or concrete. He loves this bed and we can easily move it from the back to front yard." —Kristin M.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and in eight colors).

    22. A solid wood cornhole set with eight bean bags. Each set includes a carrying bag, so you can easily set up a game whenever the mood strikes.

    red and blue cornhole boards with red and blue beanbags

    The set comes with two regulation-size boards, eight bean bags, and a carrying case.

    Promising review: "This is a very solid set and should be very durable if you keep it out of the elements. The surface seems to be slick enough to allow the bags to slide some, but not too much. I am well pleased." —Rob Armbruster

    Get it from Amazon for $139.99+ (available in six patterns).

    23. A picnic table for your squirrel friends, because what's cuter than a picnic for your bushy-tailed buds? Each picnic table is handmade in Ohio using high quality materials.

    a squirrel nibbling on corn on the cob while standing on a small picnic table that is screwed into a fence
    DelgadoHCTreasures / Etsy

    Delgado Handcrafted Treasures is a family-owned small business based in Akron, Ohio making handmade woodcrafts and yard art.

    Promising review: "This is the most precious little picnic table I have ever seen! I smile every time I look outside my window and see my favorite squirrel having a buffet. Juan was unbelievably fast in making and sending this feeder to me. I am so pleased with the attention to detail and craftsmanship. Will absolutely be doing business with him again!" —Grace

    Get it from Delgado Handcrafted Treasures on Etsy for $35.

    24. A quilted hammock with a detachable pillow for taking extremely comfortable naps outside. Each hammock can hold up to 450 pounds, so grab a loved one and get to snuggling.,

    What's included: One pillow, two chains, and two S-shaped hooks.

    Promising review: "T.H.I.S I.S. A.W.E.S.O.M.E, in fact I’m laying in it right now as I write this! We vacationed in a beautiful hotel which had hammocks at the beach and courtyards and we enjoyed them SO MUCH that I wanted to get one like it for home. I figured the hotel ones were special/expensive and when browsing online this looked close enough. Well, SCORE, because this is just like the hotel’s! Actually it's better because this has an attachable pillow! So comfy, so pretty, so sturdy, great quality, just awesome. Staycation break anytime we want! Everyone in our family LOVES it so much and I’m thrilled to have it at home." —Leah

    Get it from Amazon for $56.99+ (available in 10 colors/prints).

    25. An oversized block-stacking game if you want to host the best game nights ever. Sure, Jenga is cool. But if you want to raise the stakes imagine Jenga but 5 feet tall.

    three models playing with the stackable tower of blocks

    Promising review: "Purchased these for 'game nights' on the terrace during the summer and they were much more popular than I expected. These are solid and seem like they will last quite a while. Solid set and bag makes storing a breeze!" —Josh

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99+ (available in two sizes).

    26. A handmade bamboo bee house so you can become a parent/landlord to a hive of tens of thousands of nature's best pollinators. Bamboo — which is actually a grass and not a wood — is a preferred material for wet areas and outdoor spaces because it deters water way better than most woods.

    a reviewer photo of a wooden hexagon with many round crevices for bees hanging from a tree

    Promising review: "This is the first bee house product I've ever ordered, and I am so happy with it! It is definitely high quality at a reasonable price. Not only is it an eye-pleasing design, it is sturdy, and should last outdoors for a good two years at least. You can hang it anywhere. I am turning a little patch of dirt in my garden into a flower bed, and it will take a place of honor among the blooms. Hopefully, the sweet buzz of bees will once again come drifting in from my garden!" —Linda H

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    27. Supportive, waterproof clogs for days when your garden is more mud than dirt. When you're done collecting your bounty of veggies just wipe these clogs down or hose 'em off.

    Reviewer's yellow clogs with red flowers are displayed in grass

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these gardening clogs! They are very well made, comfortable, sturdy, and they look great! They fit exactly as expected and are perfect to slip on and off when I want to walk up to my garden."Rachel A.

    Get them from Amazon for $26.35+ (available in women's sizes 6–10 and 25 different colors/patterns).

    28. An outdoor movie set including a 100-inch screen and a mini projector for watching movies outside. This projector has multiple ports for everything from your laptop to Fire TV Stick, and there are built-in speakers.,

    The home projector includes multiple ports (HDMI, USB, VGA, AV, TF, and Audio output) for widespread device compatibility. It also has built-in speakers, but can easily be hooked up to other external speakers or a soundbar.

    Promising review: "We got this for my boyfriend's birthday so we could watch movies on our patio and it did not disappoint. The sound is a little quiet but there are cords already included to connect a soundbar or speaker to increase the output. I was really surprised by how easy it was to set it up and got the perfect picture on my first try. I really like how we could just plug our Amazon Fire Stick into it and get going. The screen was super easy to put up and down and even included command-like strips for the perfect picture. We are really excited to continue using this!!" —Amy Donar

    Get it from Amazon for $76.49.

    Me to my neighbors after I *add everything to cart*.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.